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What is difference between EA9400 vs. EA9500 ($399)? Cant find much online other than it may be an updated fix version.

EA9500 - I found refurbished at Staples yesterday for $250
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What is difference between EA9400 vs. EA9500 ($399)? Cant find much online other than it may be an updated fix version.

EA9500 - I found refurbished at Staples yesterday for $250

There are multiple versions of the EA9400 and the EA9500 but to dumb it way down the difference is that the EA9500 has NitroQAM enabled for 2.4GHz 802.11n which is how they claim 1000Mbps vs the 600Mbps of the EA9400. In reality this won't make a bit of difference for most people since very few wireless clients also support NitroQAM and the conditions must be absolutely perfect for this feature to even work. The same can be said of NitroQAM on 5GHz 802.11ac. The AC5000/AC5400 number is very misleading.

Version 2 of the EA9400/EA9500 upgrades the CPU to a 1.8GHz quad-core from a 1.4GHz dual-core and refreshes the radios with the BCM4366E instead of BCM4366 which supposedly is an attempt to improve MU-MIMO performance [smallnetbuilder.com]. One differentiator between V1 hardware and V2 is whether there is a USB 2.0 port. V2 devices have two USB 3.0 ports.
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There are multiple versions of the EA9400 and the EA9500 but to dumb it way down the difference is that the EA9500 has NitroQAM enabled for 2.4GHz 802.11n which is how they claim 1000Mbps vs the 600Mbps of the EA9400. In reality this won't make a bit of difference for most people since very few wireless clients also support NitroQAM and the conditions must be absolutely perfect for this feature to even work. The same can be said of NitroQAM on 5GHz 802.11ac. The AC5000/AC5400 number is very misleading.

Version 2 of the EA9400/EA9500 upgrades the CPU to a 1.8GHz quad-core from a 1.4GHz dual-core and refreshes the radios with the BCM4366E instead of BCM4366 which supposedly is an attempt to improve MU-MIMO performance [smallnetbuilder.com]. One differentiator between V1 hardware and V2 is whether there is a USB 2.0 port. V2 devices have two USB 3.0 ports.

Where do you see v2 ? Even on Linksys I see 1.5ghz
https://www.linksys.com/us/p/P-EA9500/
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Where do you see v2 ? Even on Linksys I see 1.5ghz
https://www.linksys.com/us/p/P-EA9500/
Comparison of EA9400 and EA9500 versions on WikiDevi [wikidevi.com]

V2 probably won't hit the market until most V1 stuff is sold but lots of information can be found in the documents that Linksys submitted to the FCC in order to gain approval for the device in the US. It might also hit the high-volume/high-price retailers like Best Buy first too.

OP's deal is definitely a v1, but at least it should have the C0 hardware revision of the BCM4366 which supposedly has improved MU-MIMO performance since the EA9400 v1 is equivalent to the EA9500 v1.1 refreshed model.
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Comparison of EA9400 and EA9500 versions on WikiDevi [wikidevi.com]

V2 probably won't hit the market until most V1 stuff is sold but lots of information can be found in the documents that Linksys submitted to the FCC in order to gain approval for the device in the US. It might also hit the high-volume/high-price retailers like Best Buy first too.

OP's deal is definitely a v1, but at least it should have the C0 hardware revision of the BCM4366 which supposedly has improved MU-MIMO performance since the EA9400 v1 is equivalent to the EA9500 v1.1 refreshed model.
Thanks so what do you suggest 9400 for $200 -not sure if 1 ur or 3 year warranty
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9500 refurbished for $235 -90day warranty
(After $15 discount from RMN on Staples , also at linksys.com)


My last linksys died after 9 months and warranty came handy, linksys replaced
On box of 9500 I have seen 3 year warranty, not sure about 9400
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Thanks so what do you suggest 9400 for $200 -not sure if 1 ur or 3 year warranty
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9500 refurbished for $235 -90day warranty
(After $15 discount from RMN on Staples , also at linksys.com)


My last linksys died after 9 months and warranty came handy, linksys replaced
On box of 9500 I have seen 3 year warranty, not sure about 9400
I don't see any reason to spend more on the EA9500 when the only differentiating feature (non-standard 256QAM for 2.4GHz 802.11n) is so rarely supported by wireless clients and is unlikely to work unless the client is very close to the router and there is no interference.

Newegg says there's a 1-year warranty on the EA9400 in their listing [newegg.com] but that may be inaccurate.
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